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5 Reasons You Should Be Watching New Girl

By on April 11, 2012
NEW GIRL ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Autumn DeWilde/FOX

NEW GIRL ©2011 Fox Broadcasting Co. Cr: Autumn DeWilde/FOX

Every TV fan knows the disappointment of loving a show’s premiere episode and then watching it slowly digress in quality every week. This can be especially true for a new comedy. Recently renewed for a second season, New Girl has proven to be consistently engaging from the start. If you’re not watching this little gem of a show, here’s why you should be.


1. Zooey Deschanel

Whether she is standing up to her creepy ex-boyfriend (with great hair) or teaching kids to watch Friday Night Lights as an ‘alternative to intercourse’, Zooey Deschanel’s ‘Jess’ is always endearing. As an actress with a history of playing supporting roles, it is great to see her step into the lead. Appropriately for her imaginative personality, Jess is a middle school teacher. Those big and innocent doe eyes portray her whimsical nature very well. Her quirks – like singing her conversations and knitting scarves as a hobby – all add to her dorky charm.


2. The Roommates

Throwing Jess in an apartment with three strange guys in the very first episode is a bold move. She found the guys through Craigslist and had no pre-existing relationship with any of them. Chemistry between actors can be hard to develop without a good backstory. However, these four actors fell into an easy rhythm with one another from the start. The conversation feels natural and the general awkwardness of the introduction seems somehow distant by the second episode.

Zooey Deschanel, Photo © 20th Century Fox Television

Jess’s three roommates consist of Nick, the soft-hearted and often self-deprecating bartender, Winston, the athlete with a fondness for dry humor, and Schmidt, the one they fondly refer to as their resident douchebag. As is typical in these scenarios, there are subtle hints at a future romance between Jess and one of the roommates.


3. The Guest Stars

While fans wait for a possible Jess and Nick romance to blossom, there are plenty of fun guest stars filling in. Justin Long, Lizzy Caplan, and, most recently, Dermot Mulroney, have all appeared as romantic interests since the first episode. These guest spots are weaved into the plot seamlessly and never fail to amuse. Mulroney’s first episode was particularly entertaining, with Nick and Jess simultaneously developing crushes on him. In fact, at this point we’re not sure who is more smitten.


4. The Writers

When sitting down to watch a half-hour sitcom, viewers do not generally expect brilliant character development. We want genuinely funny jokes and actors with a good sense of comedic timing. New Girl delivers on that front, but also provides well-rounded characters. No matter how witty the jokes are, the audience needs to see depth in the plot for it to remain interesting. It could be tempting to have the show rely on Deschanel’s offbeat adorableness for entertainment. Instead, the writers have made each character a valuable and unique member of the story. The potential for growth in all areas is part of what makes this show exciting to watch.


5. “He smells like strong coffee and going to see a man about a horse.”

After reading that line from a recent episode, do you really need another reason to give New Girl a try?